Becoming a Better Science Teacher

Author: Elizabeth Hammerman
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1634507851
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In today’s standards-based educational climate, teachers are challenged to create meaningful learning experiences while meeting specific goals and accountability targets. In her essential new book, Elizabeth Hammerman brings more than 20 years as a science educator and consultant to help teachers connect all of the critical elements of first-rate curriculum and instruction. With this simple, straight-on guide, teachers can analyze their existing curriculum and instruction against a rubric of indicators of critical characteristics, related standards, concept development, and teaching strategies to develop students’ scientific literacy at the highest levels. Every chapter is packed with charts, sample lesson ideas, reflection and discussion prompts, and more, to help teachers expand their capacity for success. Hammerman describes what exceptional teaching looks like in the classroom and provides practical, teacher-friendly strategies to make it happen. This research-based resource will help teachers: • Reinforce understanding of standards-based concepts and inquiry • Add new content, methods, and strategies for instruction and assessment • Create rich learning environments • Maximize instructional time • Ask probing questions and sharpen discussion • Include technology • Gather classroom evidence of student achievement to inform instruction Through a new, clear vision for high quality science teaching, this book gives teachers everything they need to deliver meaningful science instruction and ensure student success and achievement.

Transforming Teachers Work Globally

Author: Eija Kimonen
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9462094705
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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As societies change, so do the needs of students in their education systems. This volume argues that the core professional responsibility of today’s teacher is to create learning environments in which teaching and learning are linked to real-life situations.

Indicators and Instruments in the Context of Inquiry Based Science Education

Author: Jana Heinz
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783830975946
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This report documents indicators and instruments in the context of inquiry-based science education (IBSE). It is embedded in a project that aims at disseminating inquiry-based science teaching on a large scale across Europe. Recent research about IBSE is rather specific to individual research questions and focuses on single aspects of IBSE. Furthermore, the instruments and indicators underlying the different studies are predominately not systematically covered. In this report single indicators and instruments in the context of science education are brought together. Thereby a coherent database and a link to different research results are presented. The indicators and instruments in this report originate from a systematic literature review about IBSE from 2005-2009. To receive a comprehensive picture about research on IBSE the scope of this review contains instructional aspects (1), implementation areas of politics/stakeholders (2) and teacher education and teacher professional development (3). This report contributes to supplying a systematic overview about instruments and indicators in the field of IBSE. It addresses researchers, politicians and stakeholders, teacher educators and teachers who are interested in methods of research and dissemination in the context of science education and IBSE.

National Education Goals Report

Author: Ken Nelson
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 0788171755
Format: PDF, Docs
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Summarizes the data contained in the National Education Goals Report which measures the amount of progress made by the nation & the states toward the eight National Educational Goals. More than two dozen national core indicators are presented which convey how much progress has been made in each Goal area. In addition, the summary presents a discussion highlighting student achievement in mathematics & science, along with recommended steps to raise the achievement levels. Tables & graphs.

The Art and Science of Teaching

Author: Robert J. Marzano
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416614974
Format: PDF, ePub
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Though classroom instructional strategies should clearly be based on sound science and research, knowing when to use them and with whom is more of an art. In The Art and Science of Teaching:ÿA Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction, author Robert J. Marzano presents a model for ensuring quality teaching that balances the necessity of research-based data with the equally vital need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of individual students. He articulates his framework in the form of 10 questions that represent a logical planning sequence for successful instructional design: 1. What will I do to establish and communicate learning goals, track student progress, and celebrate success? 2. What will I do to help students effectively interact with new knowledge? 3. What will I do to help students practice and deepen their understanding of new knowledge? 4. What will I do to help students generate and test hypotheses about new knowledge? 5. What will I do to engage students? 6. What will I do to establish or maintain classroom rules and procedures? 7. What will I do to recognize and acknowledge adherence and lack of adherence to classroom rules and procedures? 8. What will I do to establish and maintain effective relationships with students? 9. What will I do to communicate high expectations for all students? 10. What will I do to develop effective lessons organized into a cohesive unit? For classroom lessons to be truly effective, educators must examine every component of the teaching process with equal resolve. Filled with charts, rubrics, and organizers, this methodical, user-friendly guide will help teachers examine and develop their knowledge and skills, so they can achieve that dynamic fusion of art and science that results in exceptional teaching and outstanding student achievement.

Using Technology to Increase Student Learning

Author: Linda E. Reksten
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780803968141
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This is a practical, jargon-free pathway for principals to create the best possible environment for implementing and teaching technology.